Saturday, March 5, 2011


Title: Crescendo
Author: Leah Brooke
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
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ISBN: 1-61034-180-5
Genre: {M/F/M}, Ménage, BDSM
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Julianna goes back to her apartment after a disastrous date and ends up being helped by Nick and Steve after she falls on the way. She started her own business after her former boss kept taking credit for her designs, but after Nick and Steve meet and have her investigated, they offer her the job of decorating their newest hotel, adding a few things to the contract.

Crescendo is worthy of its name as the story keeps building, layer upon layer. Despite being over 400 pages long, this book is actually very fast paced and kept my interest to the point my husband made me stop reading so I could get some sleep. Not only is Crescendo a love story between Julianna, Nick and Steve, it has a very intense suspense storyline, as well.

Julianna just turned forty, but has never experienced the type of passion she is looking for. She is also very insecure about herself, as she is taller than most women and very independent. Julianna has some very realistic insecurities that she must overcome and she has some ideas about dominant men to overcome, as well. Nick and Steve are partners and best friends. Nick had shared a woman with a friend before. This will be the first time he and Steve have shared a woman, which causes all kinds of adjustments in attitudes. Once Nick and Steve decide Julianna is theirs, the pages steam up with each sex scene, as the chemistry between them is explosive.

Due to an enemy Steve has, there is also lots of mistrust about Julianna, due to the timing of their meeting. I think a lot of people that have businesses or money possibly would be mistrustful about motives of new people, depending on the circumstances. Things come to a head with the lives of all three threatened and an interesting twist is revealed.

Anyone that loves a good suspense story along with a BDSM ménage story will want to add this to their bookshelf. I will be reading this one again for sure.

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